I’m hoping everyone has been having a super great holiday so far. Mine was quiet and peaceful, but full of hope. With all the snow we’ve been having it almost feels like we live inside a Christmas card. So pretty!
Dear Donndez – This may not be healthy, but I’m planning to celebrate at a New Year’s party. Have any help for the anticipated hangover? – Joseph K., Albuquerque
Dear Joseph – I had to laugh at the number of requests for this advice. You’re right, Joseph, excess alcohol is not natural. However, I have no qualms about trying to help when others do silly things.
A hangover is principally caused by dehydration and vitamin deficiency (alcohol leaches so much out of you). My first bit of advice is take a B-complex vitamin with some coconut juice (from health food stores) before collapsing in bed.
In the morning, avoid caffeine and substitute lots of water and accompany with a banana or two. I also recommend “Hangover Tea,” which recipe I’ve detailed below. Gatorade also helps.
Hangover tea is made with
- 1/4 cup of feverfew,
- 1/4 cup of ground ginger root and
- 1/2 cup of honey.
Blend everything well. Use 1 heaping tablespoon of the Hangover Tea mix per mug of hot water and drink as many cups of tea as you need, but alternate one mug of plain water between cups of tea.
You will usually see that within an hour or so you should be hangover free. Maybe next year you can plan on having an alcohol-free celebration. Hope you don’t mind, but I’m still chuckling….
Dear Donndez – My family will be having a private New Year’s party. Any advice for snack alternatives for all the kids? – Carolyn S., Roswell
Dear Carolyn — There is one little remembered snack that everyone seems to forget – popcorn! Instead of just butter, however, cut the super buttery taste with a touch of glamour! Sprinkle the butter, and then add parmesan cheese and spices! If you want an Italian flavor, make the spices powdered garlic and oregano. If you like Ranch dressing, sprinkle a little dressing mix on the popcorn. Let your imagination flow and you will be a popcorn connoisseur in no time!
As far as soda pop, try mixing bubbly mineral water with your favorite juice instead. If you skewer some maraschino cherries or other fruit with a toothpick on the side for garnish, the drinks look absolutely festive and kids love it.
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